Zend Technologies Announces Zend Platform 2 New Session Clustering Solution and Enhanced PHP Management Ensures Superior

PHP Application Availability and Response Time

    CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Zend Technologies, Inc., the
 PHP company, and creator of products and services supporting the development,
 deployment and management of open source PHP-based applications, today
 announced Zend Platform 2. This new version of the first-ever management
 platform for PHP applications uniquely delivers the reliability, scalability
 and interoperability required for business critical applications. Zend
 Platform 2 brings enhanced application performance and simplified data
 synchronization. New features include:
     -- State-of-the-art session clustering, which dramatically improves web
        application performance, uptime and response time
     -- Enhanced PHP Intelligence modules, an unmatched back-in-time feature to
        easily reproduce problems all the way to their source
     -- PHP configuration cloning across servers
     -- Faster, streamlined execution of PHP applications
     Zend Platform was initially developed based on feedback from thousands of
 Zend customers using open source PHP for their web applications, and seeking a
 robust PHP application management solution to increase availability and ensure
 rapid response time. Features in this new version make these customers' open
 source PHP based web applications as scalable and as reliable as those
 developed with commercial technologies today.
     "Zend Platform 2 delivers the exact functionality and capabilities our
 customers always wanted. They were instrumental in helping us focus on those
 needs first and foremost," said Doron Gerstel, President and CEO, Zend
 technologies, Inc. "Zend Platform 2 is the only management solution for PHP
 offering Session Clustering to ensure superior PHP application performance and
 response time required for mission critical applications. Zend Platform 2
 makes their applications as competitive as those designed with commercial
 solutions but at a fraction of the cost."
     "Zend Platform 2 Session Clustering significantly improves the scalability
 of our Web Cluster," said Mr. Stephan Esch, CTO and management member at
 FreeNet, one of the most popular Internet providers and the largest PHP
 cluster in Germany. "With the always increasing number of FreeNet users, it is
 crucial to maintain our site's availability and ensure its response time for
 continued user satisfaction. The Zend Session Clustering is far superior to
 other existing mechanisms -- easier to operate and more fail-safe."
     "The new manageability and performance features of Zend Platform 2 helps
 to ensure that the Marktplaats.nl web site is available at all times," said
 Mr. Bret Kelly, CTO at Marktplaats.  Marktplaats.nl, the leading classified
 marketplace in The Netherlands, and was recently acquired by eBay. "With Zend
 Platform 2, we can address critical issues related to slow response time or
 execution failures before they can affect our customers."
     Session Clustering -- Unique Solution for Heavy User Loads
     Many Zend customers run business critical heavy-duty PHP applications,
 which are frequently put under heavy user load. These applications are usually
 serviced by multi-server Web clusters running identical PHP applications. This
 includes a load balancer between servers in a cluster, allowing applications
 to scale as usage increases. Web cluster operators have experienced
 performance degradation when adding more servers to their cluster in order to
 address increased user load.
     Zend Platform 2 is designed to provide a comprehensive solution to the
 problem of synchronizing session data across a cluster in a cost effective
 manner. With Zend Platform Session Clustering, session data is stored on the
 server where sessions are established, and subsequently are delivered to other
 servers in the cluster by requesting the session data from the original
 server. It addresses all the issues encountered with other solutions, as far
 as scalability, performance, security, and data integrity. For more detailed
 information of Zend Platform Session Clustering, download the Zend Platform
 Session Clustering white paper at:  www.zend.com/platform.
     Multi-User Support Made Easy
     Zend Platform 2 also incorporates improvements in multi-user support for
 configuration across nodes, and no longer requires access to individual nodes.
 Configuration can now be done entirely through the Zend Central Server.
 Database improvements include the addition of the embedded MySQL database
 engine, support tool GUI, and the ability to open a support ticket from the
 Zend Central console. Finally, an easier installation procedure is provided
 for an upgraded experience.
     Zend Platform is part of a complete Zend solution offering, supporting the
 application life-cycle of PHP applications, which include:  the leading PHP
 IDE, Zend Studio, which is tightly integrated with Zend Platform; Zend Studio
 Enterprise for development, testing and staging of PHP applications; Zend
 Encoder to protect businesses intellectual property and code; Zend Safeguard
 Suite to easily manage different licensing models for ISVs; Zend Core for
 certified and supported PHP; Zend Training; Zend Professional Services and
 Zend Network for first class support up to 24x7.
     Pricing and Availability
     Zend Platform 2 is available now through an aggressively priced
 subscription plan, which includes expert technical support and year-long
 access to updates and enhancements. For a single processor server, pricing is
 $995 and $1495 for a two (or more) processors server. Zend Platform 2 is
 available for Linux today and will support SPARC Solaris, FreeBSD and Mac OS
 later in the month. Zend offers unlimited free support for Zend Platform 2
 during the evaluation period.
     About Zend Technologies, Inc.
     Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, is the leading provider of
 products and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical
 PHP applications. Zend and its founders are the architects of PHP, which is
 used by more than 22 million Web sites and has quickly become the most popular
 language for building dynamic web applications. Deployed at more than
 10,000 companies worldwide, the Zend family of products is a comprehensive
 platform for supporting the entire lifecycle of PHP applications. Zend,
 headquartered in Cupertino, California, is privately held and venture funded
 with investments from Azure, Index, Intel Capital, Platinum, SAP Ventures and
 Walden Israel. For more information, please visit www.zend.com, or call
     NOTE:  Zend, Zend Technologies, Zend Store, Zend SOS, Zend.com, Zend
 Platform, Zend Studio, Zend Studio Enterprise, Zend Encoder, Zend Safeguard
 Suite, Zend Core, Zend Network and/or the logos and icons associated with each
 of these names are trademarks of Zend Technologies, Inc. and may be registered
 in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.

SOURCE Zend Technologies, Inc.

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